Mallorca Museum reopens in Palma

Six years has it taken and did cost 7.5 million euros, but as from 24 July 2015, 14 rooms of the Museum of Mallorca in Palma Downtown are open again – renovated and rebuilt. By 2017, the remaining rooms of the city palace Ayamans are expected to be completed. Mallorca Museum comprises in total of 1,200 square meters and more than 300 objects, from paintings and sculptures to ceramics and architectural finds.

Originally, Museum of Mallorca opened its doors in the Palacio Ayamans in 1968.  It is a window through which we can view the history of art, a treasure trove of archaeological discoveries, paintings, craftwork and antique furniture.

Many of the ceramic works of Mallorca are artistically undervalued and in contrast to that viewpoint one may see pieces by the ceramacists La Roquete on the second floor of the Museum. The plates, vases and jars are decorated in splendid colours and with great attention to detail.

A magnificent tiled wall, decorated with a marine landscape resembles a giant puzzle, uniting in a common work, boats, trees, a house, marine birds and a cane plantation with millimetre perfect attention to detail.

The vanguard of 20th Century artists are shown next to the works of Joan Junyer and Joan Fuster, pertinent to the Grup de Lluc Alcari.  Work by Hans Otto Poppelreuther, a watercolour of the town of Deía shows the village in a carefree time now gone by.  Nevertheless in this context there is also a portrait of the writer Robert Graves by the painter Archie Gittes from 1948 that is strangely severe.

Mallorca Museum reopens in Palma

Els Calderers, museum and manor

Majorca´s old palaces and manors are really wonderful for the eyes of architects and lover of tasteful Ambientes. Today we walk by the building Els Calderers in the municipality of San Juan.

Already from the broad entrance you´ll see a cultivated garden with a decorative fountain and a sundial. The rooms and halls go out from the entrance hall and fascinate with their clear and simple line, however, with tasteful arrangements. To give an impression of the solid life, here a young Majorcan woman in the national costume of the island. Furniture with valuable carvings, chairs and armchairs with high-quality material give you a small impression of the wealth which was acquired by the squires.

In a lot of manors of Majorca and in Els Calderers as well, there is a chapel for the services in the familiar circle. This chapel was consecrated by the bishop of Majorca. The altar is made from marble, the ornaments are gilded. In the cellar spaces of the manor house caskets are filled with the wine from own vineyards. Already in bottles the best wines of Els Calderers. The copper kettles which were used by the cellarman to work are still in good condition.

Then we go up in the first floor. There is the big hall decorated with sandstone. Portraits about the desk complete the hall which was used at the same time as a workroom. For familiar parties the big table with place for 18 guests already covered with fine china. Coming from the main building, the way leads us in the perfectly furnished workroom in which not only the tools are to be seen for the farm work but also the glasses with home-made marmalade and the real Majorcan tomatoes.

On the manor Els Calderers in the municipality San Juan the time seems to have stopped. Everything is perfect, so as if the squire emerged constantly again and walk by his broadminded halls.

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Pollensa Museum

Pollensa has always been the city of the artists: painters like Anglada Camarasa and Tito Cittadini even changed Paris for this place. More than thirty years ago, here took place the International Contest of Plastic Arts, whose winners exhibit their work at the Pollensa Museum, which has many other things to offer, such as the collection of gothic altarpieces that, in part, come from the parish church and, in part, from the chapel of the Puig de Santa María – Santa María hill.

An important part of the museum is dedicated to the artist Atilio Boveri, whose oil paintings, which were created in Mallorca between 1912 and 1915, reproduce the Gardens of Raixa, the King’s Castle, the Caves of Bóquer, the Torrent of Pareis, the Mill of Ca’n Jura, the Pass of Ternells, the fruit trees and orchards of Pollensa, the Calvari way, the streets of Pollença and the fig, olives and almond trees.

Moreover, a Mandala surprises those who visit the Pollensa Museum. For Buddhists, this is the explanation for the birth, existence and destruction of the universe; a complex aid for reflection and concentration.

During his visit to Pollensa, in 1990, the Dalai Lama gave a Kalachakra Mandala to the city, also known as a wheel of time. The complex Mandala represents 722 gods together with their palaces, and it was made in the Namgyal Monastery, in the Indian Himalayas.

Officially, the Pollensa Museum, opened in 1975, is located in the old monastery of the Dominicans that was built between 1588 and 1616 and occupied by monks to 1836. Today the Museum is a cultural meeting point for the art and music lovers, as well as for theatre enthusiasts.

Krekovic Museum in Majorca

The Krekovic Museum is named thus because of the Vienna born artist, who settled in Mallorca, who captured the culture, customs and traditions if Mallorca in his oil paintings.

Kristian Krekovic was born on 28th February, 190, the son of a forest ranger and hunter of the Vienna court. From childhood he showed a great interest in painting. In Vienna, he discovered the great masters, as well as his own vocation. His artistic training was reflected in his hard work.

After finishing his studies in the Viennese school he travelled to Paris, where he completed his training in the art school. In 1928, he was awarded with a gold medal and an honours diploma in the International Art Exhibition of Bordeaux. In 1960, he moved to Mallorca, where he settled permanently.

During the last 25 years before his death, he devoted his study to Spanish and Balearic art. The most outstanding episodes of the history and customs of Mallorca can be appreciated in his paintings.

Martí Vicenç Museum in Pollensa

Pollensa invites to many things. The natural environment is marvellous, the city is full of passages to explore and art lovers can also amuse themselves. Apart from the Pollensa Museum, it is worth to visit the Martí Vicenç Museum – especially if you have not visited the factories of typical fabrics of Mallorca in Santa María.

Martí Vicenç Alemany was born in Pollensa in 1926 and he followed the steps of his family. His father, who was also a weaver, experimented with the fabric of llengües, a characteristic fabric of Mallorca that combines the white and blue or the green and red in a way as if these colours created tongue-shapes.

Around 1945, when the industry of Pollensa began to flourish after years of recession, he created the textile company Galeries Vicenç and developed a wide collection of textures with innovative ideas, although he kept the spirit of the llengües fabric.

Part of this craft production can be seen in the Martí Vicenç Museum, located at Ca’n Sionet, a building of the 17th century that formerly was part of a monastery. Its location is also special because it is situated in the beginning of the Calvari – Calvary –, a steep slope with 365 steps.

In this museum house can be visited all the rooms. The first of them is the loom room, where the most common instruments for the manufacturing of textiles are exhibited. In the middle of this room, there is an old loom with a warp still assembled and a launcher prepared to be used. Another of the interesting pieces is the hemp cutter that was used to extract cane fibre; or the sharpeners, with which the sheep line was spun. Among all the llengües fabrics of the artist stands out the one that received an award in 1980, at the International Fair of Vanguard Craftsmanship of Barcelona.

Es Baluard, Museum of Modern Art

Es Baluard – the bastion –, is the reference museum of Palma. Situated in a unique tourist enclave, it gathers together an important contemporary art collection. Baluard is the name of the building where it is located. The bastion of San Pere is a fortification built in the 17th century on the ancient medieval wall. Today it is in good condition and it is located in a privileged place. Since its foundation in 2004, it has held the works of artists such as Andy Warhol, Santiago Russiñol or the famous Spanish architect Calatrava; whereas in its permanent collection, there are artists of the stature of Miró or Anselm Kiefer. If you decide to visit the museum in summer, do not forget to come over here on Fridays night to feel the festive athmosphere. Es Baluard also organizes live theatre, dance and music performances.

Es Baluard, Museum of Modern Art

Sports Museum in Palma

If you are interested in sport in all its forms then you should visit, the Museo del Deporte de Mallorca, the sports museum. More than 600 athletes have donated their medals, trophies, t-shirts, shoes, rackets, bicycles and even their motorbikes!

Mallorcan Athletes have won 611 national titles, 69 European Titles and 63 World Titles, an incredible statistic for a small Island!The trophies and stories from these sporting wins can be admired in two rooms in display cabinets, on publicity posters and in multimedia presentations.

Sports lovers will be fully satisfied and delighted with exhibits such as the bike wheels of six times world champion Guillem Timoner or with the bicycle of Simó Febrer Serra, also like Guillem from the town of Felanitx, who won the 1914 national championship! We also find motorbikes, for example the bikes ridden by the first Mallorquines to race in the Paris-Dakar Rally, crossing over 2000km much of it desert!

For soccer fans the boots of ex Mallorcan and Spanish international player Miguel Angel Nadal in which he played against France in the World Cup of 1998 are on display. Tennis fans will find interesting the Racket of Tennis Star Rafa Nadal.  The diving suit of Pere Carbonell Amengual, in which he won the World Underwater Fishing Competition in Tahiti in the year 2000 and there is more the best being what you see for yourself!

The Museum is located in the Centre Cultural Cultural de la Misericodia at the end of Las Ramblas at No.4 next door to the hospital.

Anglada Camarassa: The painter

Painters search for inspiration in distinct ways: Joan Miró as an example looked for it in Paris. Another painter, the artist Hermen Anglada Camarassa did the same before returning to Mallorca for good at the age of 41. His most beautiful pictures can be admired in permanent exhibition at the Fundación La Caixa in the heart of Palma.

His best moments and works are regarded as having been created in Paris where he lived from 1894 till 1909. After this Parisian stage the following works of the Mallorcan artist were not inferior to anything that went before and he created numerous great works between the years 1946 and 1959 in which year he passed away in Pollensa.

The Foundation La Caixa has a selection of 17 oil paintings and 26 drawings on paper on permanent exhibition. In another room of the gallery works that the Foundation has been able to acquire from the painters daughter and restore are on display, preserved in all their beauty.

Museum Pilar and Joan Miró

In 1956, Joan Miró settled his final residence in Cala Mayor. At that time, none of the numerous blocks of flats, which nowadays surround the Fundació, had been built yet. Miró’s Studio has been designed by the renowned Catalan modern architect Josep Lluis Sert. Joan Miró bequeathed a part of his property to the town of Palma. In 1981 the Foundation has been created.

In 1983, five years after the death of the artist, Pilar Juncosa, Miró’s widow, donated 39 Gouache-paintings to the town of Palma. These were auctioned at Sotheby’s in London and the obtained profit has been used to finance the construction of the building on the Territorio Miró. Nowadays, the Museum Fundació Pilar y Joan Miró is considered to be a dynamic modern cultural centre. It presents a permanent exhibition of Miró’s work, as well as temporary exhibitions dedicated mainly to young artists. The Fundació also organizes workshops for children and young talents. The studio of Joan Miro is, of course, one of the main attractions for visitors.

Museum Pilar and Joan Miró

Botanic Garden in Sóller

The Botanic Gardens of Soller, surrounded by an admirable landscape is a unique experience for any lover of nature that one should not miss. Teleweb has visited it for you.

The Gardens opened in 1992 to the public. For those interested in the botanics’ of the Balearics the gardens offer a great variety of trees and bushes typical of the Mediterranean climate. For nature lovers this garden is Eldorado: in this location surrounded by the hills of the Serra de Tramuntana it is an exceptional landscape. In this golden valley, Sóller of the oranges, the visitor is saved from the views of construction cranes in the Port of Sóller.

The various old building house The museum of Natural Sciences that contains the legacy of the well known scientist Guillem Colom. This geologist from Sóller was born at the beginning of the past century in 1900 and he passed away in 1993 leaving a legacy of 5,000 letters, the scientific descriptions of almost 20,000 microscopic studies and an ample library all bequeathed to the Museum of Natural Sciences in Sóller.

Botanic Garden in Sóller